Media release: BBC commissions record Antiques Road Trip order from STV Productions


STV Productions has received its biggest-ever commission from the BBC, producing a further four series of the long-running hit show, Antiques Road Trip, for BBC One and a seventh series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip for BBC Two.

Series 15-18 of Antiques Road Trip (80 x 45′) are now in production and will air over two years.

The series follows the country’s top antiques experts as they battle it out in a search for quirky and valuable antiques to auction off for profit, with all profit going to Children in Need.

The experts pair up for a scenic road trip through the British countryside, visiting antiques shops and local areas of interest while exploring the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

STV Productions is also filming 20 x 60′ new episodes of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with a brand new line-up of celebrity antique hunters, featuring Ricky Tomlinson, Stephen Tompkinson, Hayley Mills, Pam Ayres, Brian Conley, Chesney Hawkes and Debbie McGee.

Liam Hamilton, deputy director of content at STV Productions, said: “It’s fantastic to be back on the road to produce another two years’ worth of episodes of Antiques Road Trip and its celebrity version. The successful format continues to entertain as our experts and celebrity antiquers search high and low for weird and wonderful items to sell at auction.”

Series 14 of Antiques Road Trip, which aired in January 2017, reached over 16 million people across the UK.

Antiques Road Trip remains the best watched show in the Hobbies / Leisure category on BBC One and is one of the channel’s most successful daytime programmes this year (source: BARB 2017).


For further information, please contact the STV press office:

Eleanor Marshall

0141 300 3670

Anna Hendry

0141 300 3830

About STV Productions

STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth.

The company has a record of success across a range of genres, including drama, entertainment and factual, for a wide range of broadcasters.

Ratings winner, Antiques Road Trip, has run for 14 series on the BBC, along with a further six series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

In entertainment, the company has produced five series of Catchphrase for ITV, and two series of Safeword for ITV2, as well as new reality format, Tour de Celeb, for Channel 5 and The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel, W.

Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2 and Life After: Chernobyl for Animal Planet US.

In documentaries, Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2, commemorating one of the most tragic days in Scotland’s modern history, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary.

Other STV Productions documentaries include: Prison: First and Last 24 hours, with a second eight-part series on Sky1; Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two; The Lockerbie Bombing for the Smithsonian Channel and ITV; The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV; Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4; The Queen Mary: Greatest Ocean Liner, a documentary for BBC Scotland, BBC Four and Smithsonian Channel; and Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, which won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series, including Taggart and Rebus, with ambitions to build on this reputation. In the last five years, it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV. It currently has a number of script commissions from the BBC and ITV.

STV Productions has a partnership with Red Arrow International which co-invests in and co-develops projects as well as distributing STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats outside the UK.

In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with Motion Content Group to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.

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